Developed the Nursing Theory (1897 to 1996) Known as the first lady of nursing, Virginia Avenel Henderson can be considered as the most famous nurse of the 20th century, with all her contributions and influence to American and international nursing education, practice, research as well as its implications. She was the woman behind the development of nursing theory, carefully and clearly defining the roles of nurses in health care. The life of Virginia Avenel Henderson ended with her death on March 19, 1996, but her significance continues to live in the profession. Henderson was the first recipient of Christiane Reimann Prize in 1985. Ref: pulseuniform

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